American Legion Post 492 puts on Memorial Day parade for local WWII veterans

The people at Five Star Residences in Lafayette got a special Memorial Day treat on Monday.

Posted: May 25, 2020 3:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The people at Five Star Residences in Lafayette got a special Memorial Day treat on Monday. The American Legion Post 492 in West Lafayette organized a parade for the World War Two veterans who live there.

One of their residents is 105-years-old and was in the first D-Day wave on Omaha Beach. People of all ages, and in cars of all ages, drove through the parking lot honking horns and saying thanks to those who have served.

Shane Thomas is a member of Post 492. He said it's an honor to recognize his fellow servicemen.

"It's an honor. We went around and did the graves at the Veteran's Home and this is our final stop today and it's an honor to do it," he said.

Cindy Downham is the Life Enrichment Director for the nursing home. She said this Memorial Day and their veterans deserved the same recognition despite coronavirus.

"We had to do things a little different this year, but I love these residents and anything I can do to make their lives wonderful, I'm going to do it. And these guys went out of their way," she said, referring to those at Post 492.

About 20 residents came out to enjoy the parade, finding shade in the muggy afternoon sun. All residents wore masks and the facility made sure to wipe down all seats provided. Several residents expressed how grateful they were for the time and effort put into the parade.

Lafayette
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 54°
Kokomo
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 51°
Rensselaer
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 52°
Lafayette
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 54°
Danville
Partly Cloudy
52° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 36°
Feels Like: 52°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 50°
Frankfort
Partly Cloudy
50° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 50°
Monticello
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 51°
Monticello
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 51°
Logansport
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 61° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 50°
Freezing to 80s & Storms...
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 711787

Reported Deaths: 13252
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion970181723
Lake52028950
Allen39414672
Hamilton34709406
St. Joseph34386543
Elkhart27543433
Vanderburgh22109394
Tippecanoe21967213
Porter18043301
Johnson17600374
Hendricks16873310
Clark12728190
Madison12379337
Vigo12248244
Monroe11535166
LaPorte11258204
Delaware10390184
Howard9712211
Kosciusko9184114
Hancock8031139
Bartholomew7925155
Warrick7709155
Floyd7574176
Wayne6921198
Grant6862171
Boone6584100
Morgan6425138
Dubois6101117
Marshall5819109
Dearborn572076
Cass5706104
Henry5591101
Noble544583
Jackson494672
Shelby481995
Lawrence4351118
Gibson429789
Harrison429371
Clinton421853
Montgomery419387
DeKalb414484
Whitley383239
Huntington380480
Miami374165
Steuben368757
Knox367589
Putnam353660
Jasper352946
Wabash348578
Adams338453
Ripley335769
Jefferson318180
White309254
Daviess290199
Wells286981
Decatur279792
Fayette277362
Greene270685
Posey269533
Scott262053
LaGrange256170
Clay255245
Randolph236780
Washington231931
Spencer228231
Jennings225548
Fountain209845
Sullivan208342
Starke206452
Owen192956
Fulton192440
Jay186629
Carroll186120
Perry181436
Orange178553
Rush170824
Vermillion166543
Franklin166035
Tipton161543
Parke144616
Blackford134131
Pike130934
Pulaski114445
Newton104434
Brown100740
Crawford98114
Benton97613
Martin83315
Warren80215
Switzerland7728
Union70210
Ohio56011
Unassigned0408

COVID-19 Important links and resources

As the spread of COVID-19, or as it's more commonly known as the coronavirus continues, this page will serve as your one-stop for the resources you need to stay informed and to keep you and your family safe. CLICK HERE

Closings related to the prevention of the COVID-19 can be found on our Closings page.

Community Events